NMPF Endorses Legislation Exempting Farms from RCRA

Lizzy SchultzAg Group, Agribusiness, Aquaculture, Dairy, dairy farming, environment, EPA, Government, legislation, National Milk, Policy

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has expressed support for new bipartisan legislation introduced in the House of Representatives that clarifies the exemption of dairy farms and other livestock producers from being subject to the Resource Conversation and Recovery Act (RCRA). RCRA was enacted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1976 to set forth a framework for the … Read More

House Holds Hearing on Wild Horse & Burro Program

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Beef, Cattle, Conservation, environment, Government, Grazing, Horses, Livestock, NCBA, PLC

Nevada State Veterinarian and fourth generation cattleman, J.J. Goicoechea, testified on behalf of the Public Lands Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Nevada Cattlemen’s Association during the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Federal Lands hearing on the challenges and potential solutions for the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program. For over 40 years, the BLM’s … Read More

NMPF Endorses Ag Environmental Stewardship Act

Lizzy SchultzAg Group, Biogas, Conservation, Dairy, dairy farming, environment, National Milk, sustainability

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has voiced support for the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act, a piece of legislation introduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives. The new bipartisan legislation will help dairy farmers increase their investment in technologies, such as manure digesters, that improve the environment and enable dairy farmers to find new ways to reduce their … Read More

Interior Appropriations Bill Advances through Committee

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Beef, environment, Government, Land, NCBA, PLC, Public Lands Council, Water

The Public Lands Council (PLC) and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) report that the House Committee on Appropriations favorably voted the FY 2017 Interior and Environment appropriations bill to the House of Representatives by a vote of 31-18. The bill addresses a number of priorities for the livestock industry, including language regarding the Greater Sage Grouse and full defunding of … Read More

Great Ideas for Recycling Waste

Joanna SchroederConservation, environment

Earth Day may have come and gone but it’s always a good time to be kind to Mother Earth and recycling is one such way. Recycle Farm waste can often contain some of the most recyclable materials around. Organic materials, animal manure and dirty straw and hay can all be used to make materials such as compost, which can be … Read More

AFIA Supports White Paper on Livestock GHG Emissions

Jamie JohansenAFIA, Ag Group, environment, Feed, Livestock

The American Feed Industry Association is in support of University of California, Davis, Professor Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., on the release of his white paper, “Livestock’s Contributions to Climate Change: Facts and Fiction.” The document dissects animal agriculture and other areas that produce greenhouse gas emissions, with the consensus that the livestock industry is not a driving force in climate change. … Read More

Tyson Announces Water Conservation Goal

Lizzy SchultzAg Group, Conservation, environment, Food, Poultry, sustainability

Tyson Foods officials announced today that the company will be expanding their ongoing water conservation efforts. The announcement accompanies the release of the third installment of the company’s 2015 Sustainability Report, which includes information about its environmental stewardship. “We’re setting a 12 percent water reduction goal by the end of 2020 for our direct operations and will talk with our … Read More

13 Universities Set To Improve Equine Sustainability

Lizzy SchultzAg Group, Conservation, environment, Equine, Research, sustainability, University

Researchers from 13 land-grant universities have examined equine operations for the development of educational programs to devise sustainable, safe strategies for equine operations. These researchers have formed the Multi-state Research Project NE-1041 “Environmental Impacts of Equine Operations.” Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states alone are home to more than 428,000 horses, ponies, and mules on 65,000 farms, and each horse produces about … Read More

Cattle Industry Fighting BLM Land Use Plans

Lizzy SchultzAg Group, Beef, Conservation, environment, Farm Bureau, Land, PLC, Policy, usda

An amicus brief was filed on Tuesday by The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the Public Lands Council (PLC), along with support from the Idaho Cattle Association, the American Farm Bureau, and the Idaho Farm Bureau regarding restrictive land management plans from theBureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. The land management plans, specifically the sub-regional Greater Sage … Read More

Cattleman Testifies to Importance of Voluntary Conservation

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Beef, Conservation, environment, NCBA

Frank Price, co-owner of Frank and Sims Price Ranch in Sterling City, Texas, testified on behalf of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) to the importance of voluntary conservation during the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry hearing “Voluntary Conservation: Utilizing Innovation and Technology”. Price, recipient of the 2014 NCBA Environmental Stewardship Award, told the committee that given the … Read More